He's No Joe the Plumber, Saints Sign Cretin-Derham Hall Grad BonfeST. PAUL, MN March 26, 2014
HE’S NO JOE THE PLUMBER, SAINTS SIGN CRETIN-DERHAM HALL GRAD BONFE
ST. PAUL, MN (March 26, 2014) – Now it’s time for the St. Paul Saints to turn their attention to the offense. After a flurry of off-season pitcher signings the Saints stayed close to home and signed former Cretin-Derham Hall grad and New York Mets farmhand, infielder Joe Bonfe.
The 26-year-old Bonfe has spent his entire five year professional career in the Mets organization and last season spent all, but three games in Double-A with the Binghamton Mets. He hit .245 with a home run and 12 RBI in 44 games. In 110 at bats he scored 11 runs, had four doubles, a .301 on base percentage and slugged .309.
Bonfe was a 21st round pick by the Mets in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Sierra (CA) College. He immediately caught the attention of the Mets brass when he hit .327 with three homers and 19 RBI in 40 games at Kingsport in the Rookie Level Appalachian League.
The accolades poured in during Bonfe’s 2010 season when he spent the entire season with the Brooklyn Cyclones (Low-A, New York-Penn League). He hit .326 with four homers and 28 RBI in 72 games. In 270 at bats he scored 41 runs, had 13 doubles, one triple, a .388 on base percentage and .426 slugging percentage. Those numbers earned him a spot in the New York-Penn All-Star Game and the MiLB.com Organization All-Star list.
After his time with Cretin-Derham Hall, Bonfe attended Creighton University for two seasons before transferring to Sierra College where he was All-Conference.
While at Cretin-Derham, Bonfe played baseball, hockey and football and helped guide the baseball team to a 79-12 record in his four seasons including a second place finish at the state tournament his senior season. In hockey he played with New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and won a state title in 2006.
The Saints have signed 17 players during the off-season, 11 pitchers and six position players. The Saints 2014 season begins on May 15 with a 7:05 p.m. game against the defending American Association Champion Gary SouthShore Railcats.